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Rising Seas, Rising Costs by City Tech Blogger David Dominguez

In my hometown of Miami, Florida, there is an immense problem caused by climate change. Since the sea levels are rising, there’s a problem with infrastructure in the southern islands panhandle known as the Florida Keys where mainly the roads becoming impassable. There are three hundred miles worth of roads that connect the Florida Keys to the rest of the state. As the sea levels rise, residents claim roads are becoming more difficult to traverse. The country’s sustainability director, Rhonda Haag, stated that it doesn’t make fiscal sense to try to develop higher roads because  they  cost too much.

The residents of Key West are the most affected, and many long-term residents seem to think their government has abandoned them. What is the point in paying taxes if there’s no aid being given to those affected by the situation? It has become clear now that there will be an increase of infrastructure problems  in the southern states with areas close to the shore line. As we push forward into the future, we will have to face more situations such as the one happening in Key West.




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